The Hyophorbe Indica is a very rare relative of the well known Bottle and Spindle Palms threatened by habitat loss. A slender solitary trunk is light grey to light tan in colour beautifully ringed with widely spaced dark leaf scars. The crownshaft on mature palms usually bulges at the base is 2-3ft tall, being variable in colour. The crown is made up of between 5- 6 long, gracefully arching strong pinnate leaves. Leaflets are light to dark green, arranged producing a narrow 'V' shape in cross section. This ornamental palm is relatively slow growing and will make a great specimen for containers as an indoor palm given enough light. Can be grown on a patio or terrace through summer and brought inside through winter. A great one for the collectors.
Latin Name: Hyophorbe Indica.
Common Name: Champagne Palm. Palmiste Poison,
Native to: Reunion Island.
Hardiness: Frost tender.
Growth Characteristics: Slow growing. Evergreen. Very rare solitary palm. Trunk carries widely spaced leaf scars. Crownshaft is bulges at the base. Usually between 5-6 long dark green arching pinnate leaves with stiff narrow leaflets. Known as the Poison Palm because of it's incredibly bitter taste.
Sunlight: Full sun Partial Shade.
Soil: Not fussy as long as it is well drained.
Moisture: Water regularly, do not waterlog.